A Belmont couple are once again inviting members of the public to come and visit their garden at home this weekend, as part of the ever growing National Garden Scheme.

Barbara and John Welch had significant interest last year when they opened their garden to the public as part of the NGS scheme.

Mrs Welch said: "This is only the second time we have opened our garden for the National Garden Scheme, a fund raising organisation for nursing charities such as Macmillan, Marie Curie and others.

"Last year was even more successful than we could have hoped, especially as there was just a little competition from the first England match of the World Cup."

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, raising impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, tea and cake.

Last year the NGS raised a record annual donation of £3.1m, and in total the organisation has raised £55m since it was started in 1927.

Barbara and John want to follow on from the success of last year:

"The weather was glorious, and meeting so many interesting people helped us decide to open again this year.

"We very much hope for another lovely sunny day for our visitors."

The garden is to be opened on Sunday, June 16, from 1pm until 5pm at 40 The Crescent, Belmont, Sutton, SM2 6BJ.